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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Nov 29, 2011 6:33pm
Forum: sports Subject: Red Sox Update: Bobby Valentine the New Skipper

Reports: Red Sox choose Valentine as manager

Boston, MA (Sports Network) - The Boston Red Sox reportedly have their man.

Bobby Valentine will become the new manager of Red Sox, according to several reports Tuesday, landing his third major league managerial job and first in almost a decade.

Valentine's hiring will be the first big move made by new Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington, who took over when Theo Epstein left to be president of the Cubs.

WCVB in Boston, citing sources, reported that the Red Sox and Valentine have reached an agreement that will be finalized when Valentine returns from a charity event in Japan.

The Boston Globe also reported the deal was imminent but not complete, while ESPN said Valentine was offered and accepted the job Tuesday. ESPN said he was flying back home at midnight (et) on Wednesday.

Valentine will replace Terry Francona, who left after eight seasons, two World Series titles and a September collapse that started in motion the upheaval in team leadership.

It will be Valentine's first MLB job since he was fired in 2002 after six-plus seasons managing the New York Mets. Valentine also managed the Texas Rangers for parts of eight seasons and owns a 1,117-1,072 regular season record in the majors.

He managed in Japan and was a TV analyst since being fired by the Mets.

11/29 20:06:24 ET

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Poster: rdenirojb87 Date: Nov 29, 2011 6:58pm
Forum: sports Subject: Re: Red Sox Update: Bobby Valentine the New Skipper

I'm very happy for Bobby. I've met the man many times, and he is one of the kindest and most liked people in all of baseball. I used to go to spring training in Port St. Lucie, FL every year when he was the Mets skipper, and met a lot of the Mets on several occasions. I think I've mentioned before that Al Leiter is a second cousin of mine. Other than Al and Bobby, John Franco was the next nicest ballplayer I met.

I think he will be a perfect fit for the Bosox, and will be much more respected by players than Terry Francona was. They will be a fun team to watch, as usual.

Also, how about Ventura as the White Sox manager? Another great guy for sure, but he I'm not sure if he'll have good managerial skills. I hope so.